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Buy American, Hire American – Coming Soon to Impact a Supply Chain Near You

Following up on our previous post on the Trump administration’s renegotiation of NAFTA, the President has taken further steps towards his campaign theme of promoting American industry.  On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed the “Buy American, Hire American” executive order.  The White House release states the order was promulgated in response to a February 2017 … Continue Reading

Trump Administration to Renegotiate NAFTA – Effect on Supply Chains?

The Trump administration has indicated its intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”).  Currently, a draft letter is being circulated by the U.S. Trade Representative to members of Congress for their review.  Stephen Vaughn, acting U.S. Trade Representative, wrote in the draft notification letter that “[t]he persistent U.S. deficit in goods trade … Continue Reading

Cross-post from Employment Law Worldview Blog: Is your Modern Slavery Act Statement ready?

Our colleagues at the Employment Law Worldview Blog have posted a piece reminding businesses that the deadline for publishing their first “slavery and human trafficking statement” is fast approaching.  Commercial organizations that fall under the Modern Slavery Act must disclose what activities they have undertaken to eliminate slavery and human trafficking from their business and their … Continue Reading

Commercial and IP Developments Update – May 2016

As we’ve previously posted for the month of April, here are the legal updates of key commercial and intellectual property developments across Mainland China, Hong Kong and the US.  Topics covered this month include textile recycling in China, Registered Designs Ordinance and Rights of Third Parties to Contracts in Hong Kong, and state and federal legislation … Continue Reading

Vermont Leads Nation in Requiring GMO Labeling; How Has Industry Responded?

In July 2016, Vermont’s Act 120 will take effect, requiring food manufacturers that sell into the state to indicate on food labels whether their products are made using genetic engineering.  The new law, which was enacted in May 2014, was precipitated by a growing GMO labeling movement that now has gained traction in at least … Continue Reading

Navigating the Waters of International Distribution Contracts

Successful international distribution contracts begin well before the drafting stage, starting with business due diligence and distributor selection.  Upfront business due diligence, such as assessing the ability of the distributor to support the sales of the product, knowing the basic local legal landscape and ensuring the distributor has an understanding of the US Foreign Corrupt … Continue Reading

Examining Supply Chain Audits

We have recently been interviewed by LexisNexis on the importance of supply chain audits, risks businesses should be aware of, and key steps companies can take to improve the audit process.  Simon Garbett, Sarah Rathke and Dynda Thomas provide their analysis on how businesses can navigate the complexities of supply chain audits in the face of … Continue Reading

White House Releases “Fact Sheet” on the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

On January 5, 2016, President Obama kicked off the new year by issuing a “Fact Sheet” on interagency efforts to combat human trafficking that, among other things, describes the federal government’s efforts in the procurement and supply chain fields.   … Continue Reading

The Problem with Palm Oil (Or, The Next Wave of Supply Chain Class Actions?)

In previous posts (here, here, and here), we discussed a litigation trend that began in September of this year: putative class action lawsuits against U.S. retailers based on alleged unethical practices in their supply chains.  The first lawsuits asserted the presence of trafficked labor in the Thai and Indonesian shrimp and fishing industries, with complaints … Continue Reading

SPB Policy and Legal Developments in the EU Food and Beverage Sector

Today at Squire Patton Boggs’ Global Supply Chain Law Blog, we are featuring some recent work done by our Global Food and Beverage Practice, which actively monitors regulatory, policy, and case law developments in the food, beverage, and related sectors around the world.  Recently, the group has published an update on food and beverage law … Continue Reading

FDA Implements Three New Rules That Impact Food Supply Chains

On Friday, November 13, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized three new rules designed to increase food safety and prevent foodborne illnesses that will impact food supply chains. The first rule, called the Produce Safety Rule, establishes “science-based” minimum standards for safe growing, harvesting, packing, and handling of fruits and vegetables grown for human … Continue Reading

Food Supply Chain Issues in China (Or, China’s New Food Safety Act) (Or, Running the Gauntlet in China)

Food trade between the U.S. and China is on the rise.  According to the most recent statistics, China is the third largest exporter of food and agricultural products to the U.S., behind only Canada and Mexico.  And, the U.S. is China’s biggest source of foreign food and agricultural products.  Under the current state of trade, … Continue Reading
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